Athletes in the Crowd

With the winter season coming to a close, Dexter’s spring athletes are prepared and ready to represent their school.

By Stephen Sterlitz
Photo by Stephen Sterlitz

Senior Skylar Waddington (Women’s Lacrosse): Skylar Waddington and her fellow seniors have some big shoes to fill, but are ready to overcome any challenges that may come their way. Waddington has been preparing for her last season as a Dreadnaught by practicing with A2 Lax and going to open gyms to keep her skills sharp. Waddington and her sisters plan to lead the team with confidence. She also has high hopes to inspire her fellow teammates to step up and contribute. Her goals this season involve beating Pioneer, and getting further in the playoffs. A few rivals the Lady Dreads face are Skyline and Huron. “It would feel good to beat them,” Waddington said. “We played in the past and lost, and I have friends on the teams.”

Photo by Stephen Sterlitz

Junior Allison Wyka (Women’s Water Polo): Wyka is geared up and ready to start her third water polo season as a Dreadnaught. She has occupied her time off with training, participating in drop-in practices over summer, swimming in the fall, and practicing with Wolverine Water Polo in the Winter. Wyka is looking to tackle water polo with enthusiasm, aiming to put her skills to the test. Wyka’s goals are to make it past the District tournament, a task Dexter was unable to accomplish last year, and to incorporate everyone on the team. Wyka plans to play with an encouraging personality, and rack up points for the Lady Dreads throughout their season. “Beating Saline would feel really good,” Wyka said. “They are a solid team that usually dominates the conference.”

Photo by Beckie Sterlitz

Freshman Clayton Kinnard (Men’s Swim and Dive): In just his first year, Kinnard has become a huge contributor to the Men’s Swim and Dive team. Kinnard’s participates in the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Backstroke. His season best times were 1:59.17 and 54.88 respectively. With the state competition now over, Kinnard plans to swim for the Dexter Community Aquatic Club and work on his Breaststroke. Swim was a huge time commitment and Kinnard has a big void to fill now that the season’s over.  He plans to occupy his time with television watching, training for next year, and getting better at solving his Rubik’s Cube. “I felt pretty happy with the end of my season,” Kinnard said. “I didn’t do as well in the Backstroke, but I still think I did pretty great.”

Photo by Jillian Chesney

Freshman Kris Eberly (Hockey): Eberly, the Dexter Ice Hockey team’s steel fortress of a goalie, had a spectacular season, with a 90.9% save percentage and a goals against average of 2.5; amazing stats for his debut season.  Being the star athlete he is, Eberly needs to keep his skills sharp. He plans to play golf in the Spring and participate in off-season hockey. Additionally, he plans to attend skill camps during the Summer. After Eberly’s season ended, he was already looking to next year, focusing on training and practicing to make himself the best defensive threat Dexter has to offer. “I wish we would have beaten Chelsea,” Eberly said. “Although we did better than last year, I wish we would have made it further.”